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    Computer nostalgia thread

    Was going through some old cabinets at work and found this...been so long since I've seen one. Used to have one to switch between the printer and a zip drive.

    http://i.imgur.com/pL4XDZe.jpg

    http://i.imgur.com/SZ93A0R.jpg

    P.S. insert image sucks

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    Computer nostalgia thread-epson-apex-ap1001a-8088-cpu-ms-dos-ap1001-ibm-pc-computer-vintage-12dff3daa6380ef8c4e5bee28c79db-jpg

    First computer and one of my favorite games to play on it: Sopwith | David L. Clark

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    It's a different type of technology, but I still use my Targus laptop bag that I bought in 1994 at the Hong Kong airport. They don't make them like that anymore: Capacity is 3 laptops. Hand sewn, hard cartoon & plastic innards for rigidity, plastic bars for strength, padded, comfortable double handle grip, plenty of storage areas for everything else. It's almost 2 Kg empty. Been with me through all: -20c Canada's winter, 50c scorching Australian outback, fell on salted water once. 25 years old and every zipper still functions normally and all leather still well preserved, albeit needs some cleaning oil. It's my army laptop bag.

    I'll get some pictures tomorrow.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    solid man... :-> Anybody ever use a BBC micro? Was like the less fun version of Spectrum, i bloody loved it though, Chuckie Egg master! One of my friends is a well known games coder from back in the day - He goes on one at times regarding ease of coding for it - 'everything was integers on the BBC'
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    I bet my grade school doesn't have the ancient computer labs running FrEDwriter anymore. No one misses Windows 3.11 either, right?

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    I miss playing skifree on 3.11, looks like you can download it free now though.

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    One of the first computer programs I can remember using was SAM for the commodore 64. Hearing it again brings back some old memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogster001 View Post
    solid man... :-> Anybody ever use a BBC micro? Was like the less fun version of Spectrum, i bloody loved it though, Chuckie Egg master! One of my friends is a well known games coder from back in the day - He goes on one at times regarding ease of coding for it - 'everything was integers on the BBC'
    Yes, I still use my BBC Micro (as well as my Sinclair ZX Spectrums and ZX81s), mainly for programming - although work is getting in the way at the moment

    This brilliant emulator may interest you and your friend:

    BeebEm - BBC Micro and Master 128 Emulator

    as may this:

    BBC Games from the past - MicroPower Games

    Chuckie Egg is on there...
    Last edited by Richey; 01-29-2017 at 12:15 PM. Reason: Add reference to Chuckie Egg

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    I used to have the "Dragon" probably one of the oldest computers I owned back then. I've been through a fair few, here's my list:

    Binatone
    Dragon
    Spectrum Z86
    C64
    Amiga 500
    Amiga 500+
    Amga 600
    Amiga 1200
    Atari STE
    PC Windows - all OS apart from Windows NT
    iMac

    My god - I could of made a fortune keeping some of those nowadays, wonder if any of them are actually worth anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    I used to have the "Dragon" probably one of the oldest computers I owned back then. I've been through a fair few...
    My god - I could of made a fortune keeping some of those nowadays, wonder if any of them are actually worth anything?
    Ah, the Dragon 32 and 64. A few friends at school had Dragon's but they weren't as popular as Spectrums, BBCs or C64s. Dragon's are going on ebay for up to 199...or you can use this XRoar emulator (not tried it myself but I think I'll download it and give it a shot):

    XRoar - Dragon & CoCo emulator

    This archive of Dragon resources looks useful too:

    The Dragon Archive

    The Sinclair ZX80 and Cantab Jupiter Ace go for extraordinary sums on ebay - its not uncommon for them to go up to 1,100

    ZX80 - Wikipedia

    Jupiter Ace - Wikipedia

    The Jupiter Ace was an interesting micro because it used Forth rather than BASIC.

    Here is my list of 8-bit micros that I own:

    ZX Spectrum (x2)
    ZX81 (x2)
    BBC Micro
    Oric-1

    I'd like to get my hands on a Grundy Newbrain but they are very few and far between and very expensive when they do come up on ebay

    Grundy NewBrain - Wikipedia

    A good emulator found here though:

    http://www.newbrainemu.eu/

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